More than a year ago, Karen Walker’s three-year-old cat, Fluffy, went out one day and never came back. Although she looked for the cat, after a while she assumed he had died in the course of his adventures.

But the Stourbridge, England, woman got the happiest surprise of her life when she spotted a photo of Fluffy on a friend’s Facebook page.

Walker’s friend, Hayley Morgan, is a volunteer fosterer for the Stourbridge branch of Cats Protection, a nationwiderescue group. She regularly posts photos of the cats she fosters on her Facebook page.

I always look at the photos Hayley puts on [her Facebook page] as I know she does work for Cats Protection and we love cats,” Walker said, “and that day I just happened to bring a photo up and thought thats my cat!”

Walker quickly sent a Facebook message to Morgan, got a photo of Fluffy, and went to visit the foster cat.

Walker discovered that Morgan had been caring for Fluffy, a longhaired black-and-white cat, for the last few weeks. A family in the nearby town of Old Swinford had been feeding him, and recently they had surrendered him to Cats Protection.

It was a twist of fate that I got to foster Fluffy,” Morgan said. “Its strange as Karen lives just down the road. And while I was fostering him Id called him Bandit and apparently Karen used to have a cat called Bandit which lived with Fluffy.

Were very happy to have him back. Hes a lot less timid than he was and hes having a lot of fuss,” Walker said.

Fluffys happy ending is not the only Facebook success story for Stourbridges Cats Protection charity.

Some time ago, a stray cat was taken to an area veterinary clinic. The cat’s owner could not be found because his microchip details were outdated. But a Cats Protection volunteer tracked down the cat’s owner through Facebook, and he too is back with his family.

Many other cats have been rescued and have found adoptive homes through the efforts of individuals and animal rescue organizations using Facebook and other social networking sites.

[Source: Stourbridge News]